Pain Management Specialist

William R. Martin, MD -  - Diagnostic Imaging

Upper Valley Interventional Radiology

William R. Martin, MD

Diagnostic Imaging & Diagnostic Radiologist located in McAllen, TX

When you struggle with chronic back or neck pain, you need comprehensive pain management services that offer effective alternatives to standard medications and therapies. William R. Martin, MD, and the specialists at Upper Valley Interventional Radiology provide a wide range of pain management strategies, from interventional radiology procedures to cutting-edge nonsurgical spinal decompression and bioelectric therapy. To get relief for your pain, call the office in McAllen, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.

Pain Management Q & A

What causes back and neck pain?

Of all the different sources of pain, back and neck pain are two of the most common. Back and neck pain is frequently caused by pulling muscles, tendons, or ligaments. These issues often result from a traumatic injury, overuse injury, a fall, or picking up a heavy object.

Back and neck problems also develop over time, as degenerative changes cause conditions such as:

  • Slipped discs
  • Disc herniation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Compression fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease

These degenerative conditions typically cause pain by pinching spinal nerves.

What symptoms develop in addition to pain?

When your back and neck pain are associated with a pinched nerve, you may also develop symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or shooting pain along the affected nerves. The pain may travel down your arms or your legs, causing a sharp, stabbing pain or an achy, throbbing pain.

How does interventional radiology help with pain management?

As an interventional radiologist, Dr. Martin uses imaging techniques to guide pain-relieving procedures. These are two examples of interventional procedures that effectively relieve back and neck pain:

Epidural steroid injection

Dr. Martin injects a local anesthetic and a steroid into the space along your spinal cord near the nerves responsible for sending pain signals to your brain. The anesthetic provides immediate pain relief, while the steroid reduces inflammation for longer-lasting relief. Each patient responds differently, but the results of your injection may last a week to a year.

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty

Vertebroplasty is an outpatient procedure for stabilizing spinal compression fractures that are caused by osteoporosis. Using image-guidance, Dr. Martin injects bone cement into the broken vertebra. The fracture and your spine are stabilized after the cement hardens. 

Kyphoplasty is similar to vertebroplasty, but before the cement is injected, a balloon is used to restore height to the vertebra.

What other pain management treatments might I receive?

The team at Upper Valley Interventional Radiology is dedicated to helping their patients overcome pain by offering today’s most advanced, nonsurgical treatment options, such as:

DRX9000™ True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression™

Nonsurgical spinal decompression alleviates pain caused by pinched nerves. As the cutting-edge DRX9000 system gently stretches your spine, space between the vertebrae increases, pressure on the nerves decreases, and blood flow improves.

During your session, you lie on a comfortable treatment table where a support system stabilizes your body. After your provider programs the amount of traction, the machine stretches your spine using gentle, controlled movement.

Hako-Med Horizontal® Electric Therapy

Hako-Med delivers electric therapy that relieves pain and inflammation and stimulates nerve rehabilitation. This device treats many types of pain, including neuropathic pain, back and neck pain, and osteoarthritis. 

To receive pain management services, call Upper Valley Interventional Radiology or schedule an appointment online.

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